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Press Release - May 14, 2003
Heritage Comics to Offer Harvey ArchivesHoldings Contain Over 30,000 Pieces of Original Comic Art Worth Many Millions of Dollars.
DALLAS, TEXAS: Heritage Comics has purchased the entire remaining portion of the Harvey Warehouse Archives - approximately 32,000 pieces of original art - from New York art impresario Alexander Acevedo, who had owned it for many years. “This was the mother lode!” enthused Acevedo. “My wife cried the day I bought this deal, and I cried the day I sold it!”
According to Heritage’s Director of Acquisitions Ed Jaster, “It was an all-cash deal, with no terms or trade whatsoever involved. Fortunately, we can afford to hold on to it as long as necessary while the market grows. We intend to parcel it out very slowly so that the prices rise steadily as more collectors see how great this art is. Therefore, its potential value over such a long period of time is virtually unlimited.”
Harvey was well known for Saturday morning cartoon characters such as Casper the Friendly Ghost, Little Dot, Wendy, Baby Huey, Sad Sack, and of course the best selling comic character of all time, Richie Rich, which at one time sold over 30 million copies a year.
But Harvey also published horror and superhero comics of sensational quality. In its renowned five-decades history, Harvey employed some of the finest artists ever to work in comics, including Frank Frazetta, Sid Check, Alex Schomburg, Jack Kirby, Joe Simon, Bob Fujitani, Bob Powell, Lee Elias, Howard Nostrand, Warren Kremer, Will Eisner, Wally Wood, George Tuska, Jim Steranko (who did his first professional work for Harvey) and others too numerous to list.
Heritage plans to offer the best material in its Signature auctions, while lesser items may be offered privately on its web site, via television and mass-market advertising, and through its Internet-only, twice-monthly Amazing Comics Auctions™.
Heritage has also received on consignment for upcoming auctions several important pieces of Harvey art and numerous file copy comics from Alan Harvey, the former editor and co-owner of Harvey Publications. This consigned group, while not as voluminous as the Acevedo purchase, may be even more important due to its uniform quality and desirability.
Highlights of both groups include:
- Green Hornet #9 and #24 original cover art
- Stuntman #2 original cover art
- Earliest known Richie Rich original cover art
- Earliest known Richie Rich original story art
- Original cover art for Little Dot #1, the issue that featured the first appearance of Richie Rich
- Original art pieces to dozens of fantastic horror covers and scores of complete stories
- Harvey Hits #3 file copy CGC NM 9.4
- Richie Rich #1 file copy CGC NM- 9.2
- Dozens of other file copy #1 issues including Phantom, Casper, Wendy, Hot Stuff, Dick Tracy, Sad Sack, Joe Palooka, etc.
HCA specializes in rare, high-grade comic books, as well as vintage comic and animation art, illustration art, classic toys, movie posters and comics-related collectibles.
Prospective consignors and sellers of top-end comics material, toys, and original art are always invited to call Ed Jaster at 214-252-4288 or Fred McSurley at 214-252-4293 to discuss their rare comics and original illustration and comic art. Or visit http://www.HeritageComics.com and click on the “consign” tab. Or simply email Ed Jaster at EdJ@HeritageComics.com or Fred McSurley at FredM@HeritageComics.com
To order the next three sale catalogs, visit Heritage’s website to pay by credit card, or send a check or money order payable to Heritage Comics in the amount of $100 (a fraction of Heritage’s actual cost-to-produce the catalogs) to: Norma Pedrero, c/o Heritage Comics, 100 Highland Park Village, 2nd Floor, Dallas, TX 75205.
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